The state of Iowa tightened restrictions on teen drivers starting January 1st. Teenagers now must have their permit for a full year and there are limitations on how many peers they can have inside the vehicle once they get a license.
The graduated driver’s license (GDL) first started popping up in the U.S. in 1995. Across the board, studies show that by limiting risk factors for 16 and 17-year-olds, the number of fatal wrecks has dropped.
Is it possible we're just pushing back those risky behaviors? Some studies show the number of serious accidents has gone up among 18 and 19-year-olds since the time the GDL became common. It's a sobering reminder of the most common risks all drivers take, including speed, alcohol/drugs, not using seat belts, fatigue, night driving and multiple teens in the vehicle.
While more teens in a car equates to a higher risk, if anyone over the age of 35 rides with a teen driver, the risk of an accident drops dramatically.